dell — the Kitchen
Designer Collection

In their designer kitchen model, Valentino Architects take a modern approach to traditional Mediterranean Architecture. ‘dell’ — which means shadow in Maltese — is characterised by the shallow shadows that are rhythmically cast along the face of the kitchen cabinets as a result of the extended and expressed edges. This creative use of depth and shadow is a core part of Maltese architecture, reminiscent of the sharp shadows cast by the island’s heavy stone walls, as well as the Maltese ‘Persjani’ (louvres) and Loggia.

Introducing Valentino Architects

Valentino Architects is a design-led architecture studio based in Valletta, Malta. The studio’s work is a study in form, proportion, detailing and texture, characterised by an economy of scale, colour and material. They have built a design approach that prioritises collaboration and is driven by social, environmental and urban impact. Their team is non-hierarchical, working across tasks of all scales to deliver architecture that is user and context driven.

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An Ode to Shadows

The dell designer kitchen is expertly designed to enhance the natural effects created by depth, volume and contrast. Playing with the idea of ‘chiaroscuro’ — the shadows animate and punctuate the kitchens without the need for ornament or decoration. Built on principles of scalability and versatility, the kitchen cabinets featured within this collection can be adapted to fit rooms of various shapes and sizes. The design focuses on highlighting the features of the panels used throughout the kitchen. By enhancing the edges and joinery of the panels, dell celebrates the material while accentuating its structure.

By using standard unit volumes, this model features a series of components that can be configured in multiple ways while ensuring sustainability throughout the process by minimising material waste. As a result, dell appears slender and accessible in its design, presenting a neat, clear and functional layout that maximises space.


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